Collaborative interdisciplinary research is realised in six high-profile areas, crossing the boundaries of the twelve University faculties. The research success in these areas shapes the perception of the University. The Institutional Strategy makes a major contribution towards anchoring the high-profile areas in the top league of international research. Existing close cooperation with non-university institutes and neighboring universities are boosted by the measures M1 to M3 (for current and former projects please see Funding: Projects and Associations).
New forms of research governance create a new and sustainable organizational basis for the six existing high-profile areas. The MARUM is already functioning as a so-called Research Faculty; together with the University of Oldenburg the Social Sciences have set up ZenTra (Center for Transnational Studies); the Computer Sciences have established joint post-graduate studies with the DFKI and the DLR. Overall, the cooperation with non-university research institutes is expanded and binding agreements on research strategy are reached with non-university research partners.
Six Bridge Professorships create new links between the disciplines, both inside the University and especially between the University and the non-university research institutes. Together with the New Governance measure, the Bridge Professorships strengthen the high-profile areas of the University of Bremen.
This measure creates attractive career opportunities for junior researchers. The junior research groups work as independent units at the interface between the University and its non-university partners. This form of cooperation functions as an important cornerstone for strengthening the innovative capacity of our University.